Audi shares more details about 2019 e-tron SUV’s high-energy battery pack
In Berlin this week, German automaker Audi shared some notable details about the 1,576-pound, 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack of the company’s forthcoming 2019 e-tron battery-electric SUV.
The high-energy battery pack is Audi’s first mass-produced battery-electric pack with 432 cells; while the 2019 e-tron SUV will be the first mass-produced electric vehicle to boast compatibility with 150-kilowatt charging which will enable an 80 percent charging of the battery in just 30 minutes. Audi engineers have been working hard for development of mass-market vehicle in EV segment.
The real growth and higher acceptance for electric vehicles will only be possible if automobile companies start producing electric vehicles in affordable price range. A recently conducted detail calculation about cost of ownership and driving of Tesla vehicles revealed that even after accounting for low-cost electricity used to charge EVs, the actual cost per kilometre for diesel or petrol vehicle remains lower.
Revealing some details about the high-energy battery for 2019 e-tron SUV, Audi said that the battery pack is 7.5 feet in length, 13.4 inches in height, and 5.3 feet in width. The battery pack will be mounted directly under the SUV’s passenger compartment, between the front and rear axles and electric motors. The pack will be connected to the body of the SUV with a total of 35 bolts.
The battery pack will comprise 432 pouch-style 60-ah (3.5-volt) cells in all; with a group of 12 coffee bag-sized cells nestled in each of the 36 modules which will be approximately the size of a shoe box.
With regard to the decision of the company to go with flexible pouch-type cells, rather than prismatic cells, for the 2019 e-tron SUV’s battery pack, Audi said that pouch-type cells may cool slightly better that prismatic cells which can apparently be better packaged.
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